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Covid-19: Extended lockdown puts addicts at risk – Mental health expert

Mental health experts are warning the extended lockdown could have a severe and immediate impact on those battling addictions to food, alcohol, drugs and smoking. Addictions counsellor Leanne French says while lockdowns are an essential...

Drug Foundation turns to Givealittle to fund life-saving overdose medicine

The NZ Drug Foundation is calling for donations to help them distribute a life-saving medication they have been spending years calling for. The organisation has set up a Givealittle page to help fund the distribution of...

Personal budgets transforming lives of disabled Kiwis

A new report by the New Zealand Initiative says personal budgets are a social services innovation that is creating new opportunities and changing how disabled Kiwis live. The report, titled The Power of Freedom: How personal...

COVID-19 vaccine model failing Kiwis with chronic health conditions: Study

Thousands of Kiwis with long-term health conditions remain COVID-19 vaccine hesitant and over a quarter (29%) had not been offered a vaccine, according to new research. The Zoom Health study found a seventh (14%) of...

Call for pharmacists to get ahead of medicinal cannabis surge

New Zealand’s over 3,500 practising pharmacists need to urgently familiarise themselves with medicinal cannabis. Patient enquiries and demand are set to surge when Kiwi-made products come onto the market later this year, says one...

New Zealand Red Cross continues to provide essential services under COVID-19 Alert Level 4

New Zealand Red Cross is continuing to deliver essential services to some of the most vulnerable people in our communities. Our nationwide Meals on Wheels service continues to operate with New Zealand Red Cross teams...

Tracking COVID-19 and variants of concern in wastewater around the globe

An international team of researchers led by the University of Otago and Western University, Canada, is investigating how wastewater can provide an accurate picture of COVID-19 cases in a population and detect emerging variants...

Dual respiratory treatment increases risk of heart attack – study

People using two different inhalers for common chronic lung diseases are more than 50 per cent more likely to have a heart attack than those on just one, new University of Otago-led research reveals. Inhaled...

A Smokefree Aotearoa – could making tobacco products available only through community pharmacies help...

Richard Edwards, Louise Marsh, Lindsay Robertson, Frederieke Petrović-van der Deen, Nick Wilson, and Janet Hoek* discuss the arguments for and against one of the proposals included in the Smokefree 2025 Action Plan Discussion Document that...

Global eradication of COVID-19 should not be dismissed – new analysis

Eradicating COVID-19 across the globe is theoretically more feasible than for polio but much less so than it was for smallpox, according to an analysis by New Zealand researchers. The researchers, writing in the international...

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Opinion: Dr Tracy Chandler – Health pregnancy optimisation tips (for you,...

Whilst pregnancy is an exciting time for most, it does take some planning to keep both you and baby well. Ideally you would see...

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